Ovartaci - Kunstner på psykiatrisk hospital

Jørgen Vestergaard, Denmark, 1999

24 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

His name was Louis Marcussen, but he called himself Ovartaci. In this life he was an artist, but he had lived thousands of lives. As a butterfly, a Chinaman, an Egyptian, a tiger, and a puma. As a man, but mostly as a woman. Ovartaci completed his painter's apprenticeship in Ebeltoft, and in 1923 he emigrated to Argentina, where he became mentally ill. Six years later he returned home and was committed to the psychiatric hospital, Aarhus, where he produced a huge amount of art until his death in 1985. Starting out from his paintings and sculptures, which are formed as a strange tribute to femininity, the film describes Ovartaci's metamorphosis and self-inflicted sex change.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Ovartaci - Kunstner på psykiatrisk hospital
Danish title Ovartaci - Kunstner på psykiatrisk hospital
Keywords Arts, Psychiatry, art of painting, The, Marcussen, Louis, Ovartaci, Denmark, 1990-1999
Director Jørgen Vestergaard
Screenplay Jørgen Vestergaard
Director of Photography Orla Nielsen
Editor Jørgen Vestergaard
Sound Leif Jensen
Production country Denmark
Production companies JV Film & TV
Domestic distribution DFI/Distribution & Formidling
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production companies JV Film & TV
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Den Østjyske Filmfond, Statens Kunstfond, Konsul George Jorck og hustru Emma Jorcks Fond
Domestic distribution DFI/Distribution & Formidling


Direction Jørgen Vestergaard


Script Jørgen Vestergaard


Cinematography Orla Nielsen


Stills Orla Nielsen


Editing Jørgen Vestergaard


Sound Leif Jensen


Voiceover Ina-Miriam Rosenbaum
Voiceover Henrik Koefoed

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Odense Internationale Film Festival 1999-08-16
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